Pacific Palisades Bride in Black Wedding Dress
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Pacific Palisades Bride in Black Wedding Dress

I photographed this bride in an upstairs bedroom at the Villa Del Leon mansion in Pacific Palisades, California. 

My first goal in this photograph was to highlight wonderful texture of this bride's black dress. And so I asked her to sit down on a chair near a window facing the Pacific ocean. Then I noticed a large wall mirror nearby and working myself into position, I was able to capture a full reflection of my subject and her dress as well as many elements in the room that aren't visible outside of that reflection. When I was posing the bride, I was particularly conscious of the lines in the molding behind her head and the position of the bride's head near the corner of the picture frame in the reflection. 

A good photographer will always look out for things in the background that might crash into a subject's head or body. As wedding photographers, we often joke with our contemporaries when we see a "tree growing out of someone's head." Perhaps that illustrates the complexity of what we do when were working. We not only have to keep track of the things we are photographing, but we also have to keep track of things in the background. But it doesn't stop there. We also need to be cognizant of other things happening around us including opportunities to move our position slightly in order to gain a completely different perspective and perhaps a better photograph. 

For this image, I spent quite some time trying to find the ideal position to capture all of the important elements in this photograph and still make sure that the bride looks beautiful on her wedding day.

Location: 17948 Porto Marina, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

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